Back to Ethics (again!) | UNESCO (4/21/23)

Back to a brief discussion about the ethics of AI! While the proliferation of AI in everyday culture is quickly rising, it’s important to mull over the ethical considerations of new technologies, especially AI in its expansive nature to encode and generalize data that it has received.

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According to UNESCO’s page, Artificial intelligence (AI) has both potential benefits and ethical challenges across various sectors. For instance, there are gender biases in AI that affect search engine results, which UNESCO is addressing through its Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. The use of AI in the court of law is increasing, and while it may lead to better efficiency and accuracy, there are concerns about transparency, neutrality, and privacy. UNESCO is also exploring the ethical implications of AI-generated art and the need for new frameworks to differentiate piracy and plagiarism from originality and creativity. Overall, the development of AI should consider ethical standards to ensure that it does not lead to negative outcomes such as bias, discrimination, and exploitation of human creativity.

What is important to consider: What is AI trying to replace? How does an automated system change the relationships between humans and knowledge? What does it mean when a robot begins creating your work… what data runs the robot? With what intentionality can we do to improve biases within our data sources, and how can we gather knowledge ethically, with full consent from all parties involved?

Artificial Intelligence: examples of ethical dilemmas | UNESCO.

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